Fashion is art, and it’s a form of art that I particularly enjoy. A new dress can really uplift my spirits — I think retail therapy is very much a real thing. There’s something about feeling good in your own skin that makes the world a little bit brighter. And these favorite designers and stores definitely perk up my world (and my wardrobe).
One of my favorite designers is Meg Kinney, who is based in New York. Her great shapes and fabulous fabrics can go from casual to elegant with a simple change of accessories. I love that Meg is woman-owned, American-made and constructed with care for the environment. And the best part: her clothes all go in the washing machine!
Hands down, my favorite store in D.C. is GoodWood. Anna
As a realtor, I run around town all day long. I need to be comfortable, but professional and fashionable. Frankly, I love my shoe game. I’ve got a robust-yet-not-offensively-large shoe wardrobe that gets me everywhere from walking to the gym to work to dinner. Here’s what I literally have in my bag today.
I got these Pierre Hardy shoes on goop. (If you don’t read Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog, you really should.) I was inspired by these Roger Vivier’s, but who is going to spend $1300 on sneakers?! Once I saw these, I knew they fit the bill. And I really do wear them everywhere.
I saw these punk rock ballet slippers in Spain at the Miu Miu store, but resisted. Then my amazing mom sent them to me. Love her!
I love fashion week! I love seeing the runway shows, I love the street style photography -- it's one of my favorite times of year. And I love that fashion is finally catching up and celebrating diversity, whether it’s body, age or ethnic differences. Last week, at New York Fashion Week, plus-size models were a regular feature. Ashley Graham (she is so gorgeous!) opened (I mean, she opened!) for Christian Siriano, who has helped propel the body positive trend in fashion by including women of color and plus-sized models in his shows.
Body shape wasn’t the only diversity on the runway. Chromat designer Becca McCharen-Tran featured Viktoria Modesta, an amputee singer-songwriter, who walked in her prosthetic leg, and breast cancer survivor, Ericka Hart,
Coco Chanel famously said to take off one piece of jewelry before you leave the house each day. I’m the opposite. I look in the mirror and think, “Can I add one more thing?” And the answer is always, “Yes. Let’s do it.”
I love piling on jewelry, all different styles and metals. Each piece means something to me, and I adore vintage. My husband gave me this gorgeous bracelet that used to be a shoe buckle! And my mantra bands keep me inspired. For maximalist jewelry inspiration, check out the amazing bangles at Bourbon and Boweties.
You can make any outfit fabulous by throwing on mounds of jewelry and a great pair of shoes. Some day I’ll be an old lady in a turban, with tons of rings on, driving around in a golf cart. Can’t you see it?